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Mind Matters

Mind Matters – News & analysis

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Construction's most common medical conditions: What to doSubscription

From 2014 to 2017, some 80,000 construction workers reported suffering from a medical condition caused or made worse by their work. Lucy Alderson looks at the most common problems – and best practice for tackling them.

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Skanska CEO: Why mental health matters to meSubscription

Lucy Alderson sits down with Skanska UK chief executive Gregor Craig to discuss how to tackle mental health in the industry – and why the subject is close to his heart.

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Mental health: What's changed in 12 months?Subscription

Has workforce wellbeing improved since CN revealed the results of its first mental health survey in April last year – or is it still under pressure? Lucy Alderson investigates.

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You need to take action on mental healthSubscription

When you first read the results of CN’s 2018 mental health survey, you would be forgiven for thinking things are getting worse.

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Mental health survey: Firms 'starting to break the stigma'Subscription

Tier ones are starting to “up their game” in addressing the industry’s mental health problem but more work needs to be done, according to Skanska UK CEO and president Gregor Craig.

Get support

Construction Industry Helpline 0345 605 1956 – managed and funded by the Lighthouse Construction Industry Charity
Mind, the mental health charity 0300 123 3393 – provides advice and support to anyone experiencing a mental health problem
The Samaritans 116 123 – confidential 24-hour support for people who are experiencing feelings of distress, despair or suicidal thoughts


Late payment 'harming mental health of SMEs'Subscription

Half of SME construction business owners hit by late payment problems have suffered mental health issues as a result, according to a survey by The Prompt Payment Directory.

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‘I wore a mask to work’: Supporting ex-soldiers into constructionSubscription

Many veterans move from the forces into the industry and can offer unparalleled expertise. But contractors must do more to support the mental health of those who struggle with the transition.

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‘I just burnt out’: Industry CEO on overcoming a mental breakdownSubscription

Trad Group CEO Des Moore speaks to Binyamin Ali about the mental breakdown he suffered as a 26-year-old and the lessons construction can learn from experiences like his.

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Two-thirds of industry want more wellbeing supportSubscription

Nearly two-thirds (64 per cent) of construction workers want better physical and mental wellbeing support from their employers, new research has revealed.


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Mental health: Understand the ‘why’Subscription

Curiosity is a fundamental part of human nature.

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Mental health: 6 steps to support your workforceSubscription

Every working day, two construction workers take their own lives.

Lisa Curran consultant in occupational medicine and director Barhale

Mental health: How your firm can get it rightSubscription

Male site workers in construction are three times more likely to due by suicide than the average for UK men. So what can be done?